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A businessman, Mr Vincent Chukwu has narrated before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters how his cousin, Mr Basil Ejiagwa allegedly died from injuries sustained from torture by officers of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squads, SARS.

Vincent told the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel that his cousin died last week in Imo, after struggling with failing health for six years following the alleged torture.

The witness said that Ejiagwa was a trader at the Alaba International Market and was arrested in May 2014 at the Igando area of Lagos while returning from work and spent five days at the Igando Police Station.

A hammer was used to break his legs before he was later transfered to the SARS office in Ikeja and was detained for nine days; they hit his head several times with the butt of a gun there, Vincent further narrated.

He said after Ejiagwa was releasde, he could not walk anymore and was experiencing memory lapse.

Chukwu said Ejiagwa instituted a court action against SARS at the Federal High Court Lagos where he was awarded N40million damages but that the family was yet to receive any payment.

His counsel, Mr Olalekan Kazali tendered a copy of the court judgment and hospital receipts worth N1m to the panel.

The case was adjourned to December 4 for cross-examination.

In Anambra state, Mrs Christian Nnatuanya alleged that her husband, Linus Nnatuanya, a trader, was murdered in 2007, while in detention by SARS.

She told the panel that her husband was arrested over allegations that he was a member of MASSOB.

She said SARS demanded N400,000 bribe to release him, but he eventually died.

Mrs Anatuanya wants the panel to located the corpse of her husband, while also demanding N50million compensation.

Counsel to the police, SP Innocent Obi however told the panel that there was no record of the incident.

The panel also listened to a petition by Mr. Chukwunonso Okafor over alleged murder of his brother in 2010 at Ogidi Police Station.

Sitting was adjourned.

Walab Akinlade, with additional report from Uche Udeke.

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